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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

The latest Catholic news from home and abroad


Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (above), Scottish Catholic Observer editor Liz Leydon fault UK Government for overlooking Cardinal O’Brien during ministerial Vatican visit.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster says UK Government meeting marks high point in Holy See relations.

Scottish Secretary on UK-Vatican commitment to religious freedom.

Audience with Pope brought exchange of gifts and ideas, says Baroness Warsi.

No mention of such a Papal visit discussed during Irish Secretary Owen Paterson’s meeting with Holy Father.


Holy Father: no future without children, large families a witness to faith, source of ‘wealth and hope’ to nation.


Archbishop Mario Conti urges teachers in Glasgow to share their Faith.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster is asking Catholics to shine with God’s light in support of the Church’s mission this Lent, ahead of the launch of Spark of Light a new faith-sharing resource.


Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urges US Senate to pass bill protecting conscience in health care.

Indian community mourns the death of Sr Amalia Pereda Ortiz de Zarate, a Spanish nun, popularly known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Meghalaya, who revolutionised healthcare in the rural northeastern state.

Youth need help understanding the Mass: 
Indian Catechetical Association calls for Catechesis in ministry.


Eddie Barnes: It’s not the time to be making Scottish enemies.

Jim Sillars: Let us pray, even if we no longer believe.


No doubt inspired by the original Catholic arts festival— Glasgow Archdiocese’s Lentfest, launching on Tuesday—the tiny Church of St Michael’s, Discoed in Powys, Wales is to host an arts and music event this Lent.

-Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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